Monday, February 7, 2011


Hello, everyone! Sorry I have been a little MIA recently--Bug and I have been dealing with his decision to not nap anymore. Well, as of this morning (he's out right now) he's decided that napping is okay again, but we've been waking up at 6 every morning as a consequence.


Anyway, with Bug's upcoming birthday I am doing a lot of cleaning and getting ready. My in-laws are coming from Florida to celebrate with us, which means that I have to deal with the disaster area that is our office/guest room.

And let me just mention that the last time I went into the office/guest room was when I took out the Christmas decorations.

So. Yeah. That's not really going well.

But, I figured I would take this opportunity to share how I clean (or try to!) with natural cleaning products!

I am a HUGE fan of cleaning with vinegar. I think it's because I like the smell (I know, I'm weird). But to me, the smell of vinegar is clean, and lets me know that I have decimated the nasty germs. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, after all. I use it to clean my kitchen counters and sink, my bathroom sinks, and to scrub out my bathtubs (ours and Bug's). You can actually use it undiluted to clean, but I usually just mix about 1/4 of a cup of vinegar with 2 cups water to make my cleaning solution. Then I put it in a spray bottle, and use my scrub brush for the tubs and an old sock to wipe down the sinks. And toilets! I clean the toilets with vinegar as well.

A great website for natural cleaners (specifically, vinegar) can be found here.

For Bug's stuff, I really like the BabyGanics line of products. I was first introduced to these at my baby shower, and I have really come to love the stuff. I use the detergent for his laundry (although when he turns a year, I will be switching to just a free and clear cleanser), the Toy and High Chair cleanser to wipe down his high chair, and the cleaning wipes are fantastic for out and about. All of the ingredients are non-toxic so if your child shoves a freshly wiped-off toy in his or her mouth (like mine is so prone to do!), you don't have to worry. Plus, I really like the company because it was founded by two dads who wanted to have safe cleaning products in the house for around their kids. As Bug continues to get more mobile, I am contemplating switching to all BabyGanics products for the things that I can't use vinegar for. Even though I have babyproofed as much as humanly possible, you never know what your child will get into!

Speaking of Bug I suspect he will be up in a few minutes, so I am going to get ready for his impending awakening.

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